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31st Jan, 2021, Alastair Aitken

The Night of 10,000m PB's scheduled to be held at Parliament Hill Fields athletics track on June 5th 2021 has been cancelled, and the British Olympic 10,000m Trials and European Cup will now be held elsewhere. This most brilliant and friendly meeting (no one pays to watch it live), has now been thwarted by the terrible disease Covid-19. However, the wonderful motivator Ben Pochee, the Highgate Harriers organiser of the event since the very start, fully intends running the meeting again in 2022.  Since the first event in 2013 all the races have been of a good standard and have improved in general terms over the years.  Each year it gathered momentum, and it has attracted some of the best 5 and 10k athletes in Europe.  As Paul Maskell, the North London Events Manager and Communicator for Hampstead Heath at the City of London Corporation said to me after the 2019 event: "I have worked for the City of London for 23 years. It is a different event at Parliament Hill. It has got it. It has got the razzmatazz, the style, the booze”.